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Deadline Dilemma: When are recommendation letters due on Common App?

I'm in the process of asking my teachers for recommendation letters, but I’m not clear on one thing – when exactly are these letters due on the Common App? Do they have the same deadline as the application itself, or do teachers have a different timeline? I don’t want to end up rushing them or missing deadlines because of a misunderstanding. Help!

7 months ago

It's great that you're planning ahead with your recommendation letters! Generally, teachers should submit their recommendation letters by the same deadline as your college application. It’s important to communicate the application deadlines to your recommenders well in advance, so they have ample time to write a thoughtful letter.

However, some colleges may offer a grace period for recommenders, understanding that they are managing multiple requests. It's a good practice to check the policies of each school to which you’re applying and inform your recommenders of the specific dates. Remember that the earlier you ask, the better.

Teachers are often writing letters for several students, so giving them plenty of time helps ensure they can write the best letter possible for you. Also, after politely asking them, make sure to periodically follow up as the deadline approaches, so your application will be complete when submitted. Good luck!

7 months ago

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